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(Gawker)   Radio Shack employee charged after giving away a free battery   (gawker.com) divider line 73
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2013-10-02 05:10:16 PM  
I like current humour
 
2013-10-02 05:16:28 PM  
Radio Shack?
 
2013-10-02 06:33:20 PM  
Was expecting something lamer, A++, would +1 again
 
2013-10-02 07:01:49 PM  
Santiago told one of the officers he resorted to violence because the customer was being sarcastic.


All I said was "So this is where in the world you are".
 
2013-10-02 07:02:49 PM  

the_sidewinder: Was expecting something lamer, A++, would +1 again


Yep. That's a thinking man's headline right there.
 
2013-10-02 07:04:18 PM  
Still probably wanted their damn phone number to complete the transaction.
 
2013-10-02 07:08:07 PM  
Ratty Old Shack. You've got questions, we've got dumb looks.
 
2013-10-02 07:09:06 PM  
There are still Radio Shacks that aren't literal shacks with radios in them in the Antarctic?
 
2013-10-02 07:09:24 PM  
Positive charge, subby!
 
2013-10-02 07:10:17 PM  
When you act like an asshat in public, sometimes a bigger asshat will be there to punch you in the face.

/tmyk
 
d23 [TotalFark]
2013-10-02 07:11:15 PM  
The exact quote of the customer: "Hey, didn't you guys used to sell resistors, transistors, soldering supplies and stuff?"

This was after the employee greeted him with "So you want a new cell phone today?"
 
2013-10-02 07:13:30 PM  
Bird's nest in the a hole.LOL
 
2013-10-02 07:13:34 PM  
O_o

I like you, subby.
 
2013-10-02 07:13:40 PM  
I larfed subby, i would again, well played....well played indeed.
 
2013-10-02 07:14:43 PM  
The law only helps you after someone bashes your smug face in.  Watch how you speak.
 
2013-10-02 07:16:02 PM  
"Are you guys still open!?  Jeez...I think the last time I bought anything here was when I got the Zork discs for my TRS-80.  It sure has..." *PUNCH*
 
2013-10-02 07:20:36 PM  
www.radioshackcatalogs.com
 
2013-10-02 07:21:45 PM  
The Radio Shack near me has turned into a cell phone store and nothing else.
 
2013-10-02 07:29:19 PM  
Reminds me of a favorite HoTY submission from a few years back (paraphrased) "Man charged with assault after beating girlfriend with flashlight. Flashlight charged with battery."
 
2013-10-02 07:32:05 PM  
Usually it's "You've got questions, we've got blank stares". I guess now it's "You've got questions, we've got PUNCH YOU IN THE FACE!"
 
2013-10-02 07:32:45 PM  
Switc.h to solar.
 
2013-10-02 07:33:24 PM  

d23: The exact quote of the customer: "Hey, didn't you guys used to sell resistors, transistors, soldering supplies and stuff?"

This was after the employee greeted him with "So you want a new cell phone today?"


Funny, isn't it? Not that many years ago, you could walk in to a Radio Shack and buy all the components you need to build a tunable radio.
 
2013-10-02 07:34:31 PM  

d23: The exact quote of the customer: "Hey, didn't you guys used to sell resistors, transistors, soldering supplies and stuff?"

This was after the employee greeted him with "So you want a new cell phone today?"


Ummm, they still do.
 
2013-10-02 07:39:43 PM  

macdaddy357: Ratty Old Shack. You've got questions, we've got dumb looks cell phones


FIFY
 
2013-10-02 07:45:24 PM  
"That's one of my least favorite things, happens to be sarcasm. I was watching the gob, right? And this bloke he comes up to me and he says, 'Nice day, isn't it?' BUT IT WASN'T! It wasn't a nice day! It was a little bit cloudy. Which makes him very sarcastic! So acting as if nothing could happen right, I got his head, right? I stuck it in me mouth, right, acting dead casual, I closed me teeth AND I BIT HIS HEAD OFF. 'Cause I hate people being sarcastic."
 
2013-10-02 07:46:20 PM  

optikeye: Santiago told one of the officers he resorted to violence because the customer was being sarcastic.


All I said was "So this is where in the world you are".


Geeze if sarcasm was a punishable by corporeal punishment I think we all would be dead by now.
 
2013-10-02 07:47:40 PM  
I used to work for Radio Shack. So I am really getting a kick out of most of these replies. Some of you guys are very good at making it sound like you know what you are talking about. But trust me.... You don't.
 
2013-10-02 07:48:09 PM  

a_bilge_monkey: resistors, transistors, soldering supplies and stuff


I've bought that stuff when I couldn't wait for the slow boat from chinese ebay sellers. It's too bad they haven't updated their catalog since the 80s, because they still sell 5% tolerance resistors and archaic TTL ICs.
 
2013-10-02 07:51:47 PM  

machodonkeywrestler: d23: The exact quote of the customer: "Hey, didn't you guys used to sell resistors, transistors, soldering supplies and stuff?"

This was after the employee greeted him with "So you want a new cell phone today?"

Ummm, they still do.


Yeah, but none of them have any idea what any of it is.

/former rs store manager.
 
2013-10-02 07:52:16 PM  

machodonkeywrestler: d23: The exact quote of the customer: "Hey, didn't you guys used to sell resistors, transistors, soldering supplies and stuff?"

This was after the employee greeted him with "So you want a new cell phone today?"

Ummm, they still do.


They have no clue what they sell.

Went in a while ago looking to buy an Arduino after they had been on the market a while. Looked in the electronics section and couldn't find it. So I asked the employee and he said "ard-a-what". I tried to explain that it would just be a small circuit board with a couple of chips but he had no clue. He called the other employee from the back and they searched through the IC bins but were not really sure what they were looking for.

So I'm on my way out and I spot an entire Arduino display in the corner crammed in by the aisles of cell phones - couple of different types of Arduinos, an Ethernet shield that I needed, a couple of other shields, an Arduino how-to guide, 9V Arduino wall chargers, breadboards to help you with your Arduino, Arduino suitable project boxes, Arduino jumper kits, and even some LED's and resistors thrown in. It's a freaking Arduino smorgasboard put together by some Arduino fanatic.

I point it out to them and one goes "oh yeah, we got that stuff a while back, but no one's every bought anything from there before".
 
2013-10-02 07:54:50 PM  
I dread going in to Radio Shack because they always seem to hire extroverted Aspies. They follow you around and make extremely creepy attempts at conversation, which leave me feeling awkward and violated.
 
2013-10-02 07:55:00 PM  
If the guy shopped ar Radioshack he probably deserved to be punched in the face.
 
2013-10-02 07:58:21 PM  

Uzzah: the_sidewinder: Was expecting something lamer, A++, would +1 again

Yep. That's a thinking man's headline right there.


I almost scrolled past it. If I hadn't seen the story earlier today, I wouldn't have gotten it.

Subby, you magnificent bastard.
 
2013-10-02 07:59:05 PM  
If you work for any corporate retail establishment these days, you are required (while being secretly watched/monitored) to recite these canned sales pitches to the customer, each time, every time. I assure you, the employee doesn't want to spout off some drivel about a promotion any more than you don't want to hear it.

I don't agree with hitting the guy, but I can't say I blame him either.

Maybe if you're a customer, just smile and say no thanks, then ask for what you'd like? Most of these individuals are making less than 10 bucks an hour, they don't need your smart ass comments making their lives shiattier.
 
2013-10-02 08:04:08 PM  
genwxyz.com
 
2013-10-02 08:06:31 PM  

baconbeard: I dread going in to Radio Shack because they always seem to hire extroverted Aspies. They follow you around and make extremely creepy attempts at conversation, which leave me feeling awkward and violated.


Yeah, same here.  I've got a nerd streak in me, so occasionally I need to buy something electronic in nature.  And when I'm trying to figure out where to buy it local instead of the internet, Radioshack eventually comes to mind.  It's at that point I usually say "Blech" aloud to the thought of going there.
 
2013-10-02 08:13:35 PM  

baconbeard: I dread going in to Radio Shack because they always seem to hire extroverted Aspies. They follow you around and make extremely creepy attempts at conversation, which leave me feeling awkward and violated.


Just walk up to the HDMI cables, grab one, and say "do you know what this costs at Amazon"?

They will flee.
 
2013-10-02 08:15:24 PM  

facisto: "That's one of my least favorite things, happens to be sarcasm. I was watching the gob, right? And this bloke he comes up to me and he says, 'Nice day, isn't it?' BUT IT WASN'T! It wasn't a nice day! It was a little bit cloudy. Which makes him very sarcastic! So acting as if nothing could happen right, I got his head, right? I stuck it in me mouth, right, acting dead casual, I closed me teeth AND I BIT HIS HEAD OFF. 'Cause I hate people being sarcastic."


i1.ytimg.com
 
2013-10-02 08:24:12 PM  

Feel_the_velvet: baconbeard: I dread going in to Radio Shack because they always seem to hire extroverted Aspies. They follow you around and make extremely creepy attempts at conversation, which leave me feeling awkward and violated.

Yeah, same here.  I've got a nerd streak in me, so occasionally I need to buy something electronic in nature.  And when I'm trying to figure out where to buy it local instead of the internet, Radioshack eventually comes to mind.  It's at that point I usually say "Blech" aloud to the thought of going there.


That's what Fry's is for. You'll roam the aisles forever looking for a tech if you actually want one; but if you know what you need, you can go there, find it and buy it, and exit without ever actually speaking to another human being.

Except in the computer section. There you have to beat the sales associates off with a 2x4 because I believe they survive on a 1% commission and scraps of food left by the customers.
 
2013-10-02 08:33:14 PM  
You've got questions, we've got violence.
 
2013-10-02 08:53:14 PM  
The reason for this post is solely to congratulate subby on making me laugh like farking crazy when I saw the "real" headline.
 
2013-10-02 08:53:16 PM  

machodonkeywrestler: d23: The exact quote of the customer: "Hey, didn't you guys used to sell resistors, transistors, soldering supplies and stuff?"

This was after the employee greeted him with "So you want a new cell phone today?"

Ummm, they still do.


I've made the mistake of going into frikkin radio shack TWICE in the last year or so. Once for some sort of special cable... now I can't remember what... where they charged $30 for something I could have ordered online for <$5. Next was a couple special batteries, one 6v and one 12v, and they charged $8 each. Next time, I ordered them for $1 ea. from Amazon. Next time I think I need something RIGHT FRIKKIN NOW from radio shack, I really really don't. It can wait 2 days for Amazon to get it here.
 
2013-10-02 09:06:50 PM  
Instead of punching, the correct response is to deny payment for being 41 cents short.  Then mock the customer for being broke.

/don't let plastic payment be an obstacle in the plan.
 
2013-10-02 09:11:20 PM  
Maybe his sarcasm sequencer was out of whack.


speakercreatures.com
That said, I remember when Radio Shack was still good, and they engendered an interest in electronics and computers for me.
 
2013-10-02 09:16:06 PM  

quizzical: I used to work for Radio Shack. So I am really getting a kick out of most of these replies. Some of you guys are very good at making it sound like you know what you are talking about. But trust me.... You don't.


Wow.  Been a while since I heard that meme
 
2013-10-02 09:30:08 PM  
There are positive and negative sides to this story, but it will die down fast.  All the batteries I ever got from Radio Shack didn't last too long.
 
2013-10-02 09:31:42 PM  
NERD FIGHT!

//oh wait, this involved actually hitting someone..
 
2013-10-02 09:41:52 PM  
I hope he enjoys his cell.
 
2013-10-02 09:43:38 PM  
Yogimus(favorite: cop): The law only helps you after someone bashes your smug face in.  Watch how you speak.

Let's be honest here.
 
2013-10-02 09:59:04 PM  
I worked for the shack for about 5 years. For a kid who didn't go to college it could be decent money if you made it to the right store. 90% of the stores are the wrong store, that's where all the dumbasses are.


If it's anything like it used to be I can understand why the kid cracked. We were supposed to ((and if you made it to "the show" or a million dollar (per year, this is 1999 dollars) store "supposed to" means "required to") pitch every single customer the following:

A Cell Phone
A Sprint PCS (they pretended like they were different than cell phones back then, the biggest difference was a coverage area you could cover in 30 minutes on foot).
ADT Security system
DSS (precursor to direcTV)
An extended warranty on just about anything we sold them.
On top of that we had to get names and addresses from every goddamn customer, and I have seen a guy thrown into a fit of RAGE by being asked for a name and address when he was buying a watch battery.
Also, would you like to switch to sprint long distance?
You know I could save you 10% if you are approved for a radio shack credit card

We were graded on ALL of those metrics. For the credit card we were graded by percentage of monthly sales AND number of new applications by ticket written. Not to mention graded on gross sales.

It was my job and I did it, made pretty OK money (25k in 1999. In Spokane, WA that wasn't bad for a kid with no career) but here is the deal:

I know I am going to piss you off by trying to sell you all this shiat, but you have been here before. You know this is going to happen. I don't want to do it, you don't want it done but like having sex with Kobe Bryant it is going to happen regardless of your wanting it or not. So just tell me no 17 times, pay cash for the goddamn replacement AC adapter for your cordless phone (by the way, it isn't my goddamn fault YOU thought they were all the same so you didn't bring your phone so you had to go back home to get it, you should be mad at you for being ignorant!) refuse to give me your FARKING name and get the hell out! Get lippy and.... well I can see how this could happen.


Fun Fact: In sales training we were told "It's all about the add on sales. If you sell a computer you keep putting accessories on the table till they say 'no'. They don't know what they need, you are looking out for them. They need everything."
 
2013-10-02 10:07:45 PM  

ZeroPly: machodonkeywrestler: d23: The exact quote of the customer: "Hey, didn't you guys used to sell resistors, transistors, soldering supplies and stuff?"

This was after the employee greeted him with "So you want a new cell phone today?"

Ummm, they still do.

They have no clue what they sell.

Went in a while ago looking to buy an Arduino after they had been on the market a while. Looked in the electronics section and couldn't find it. So I asked the employee and he said "ard-a-what". I tried to explain that it would just be a small circuit board with a couple of chips but he had no clue. He called the other employee from the back and they searched through the IC bins but were not really sure what they were looking for.

So I'm on my way out and I spot an entire Arduino display in the corner crammed in by the aisles of cell phones - couple of different types of Arduinos, an Ethernet shield that I needed, a couple of other shields, an Arduino how-to guide, 9V Arduino wall chargers, breadboards to help you with your Arduino, Arduino suitable project boxes, Arduino jumper kits, and even some LED's and resistors thrown in. It's a freaking Arduino smorgasboard put together by some Arduino fanatic.

I point it out to them and one goes "oh yeah, we got that stuff a while back, but no one's every bought anything from there before".


They are (or we were) paid on commission and "spiffs" on specific items. As soon as I knew you were looking for parts it was better to pretend I didn't know what you were talking about so you storm off all pissy like and so I could continue to hang out half way between the computer display and the cell phone display.

We were required to pass tests to be on the sales floor, including tests on all the electronic parts. Speaking for myself, I knew what you wanted, I wanted to get paid.
 
2013-10-02 10:09:04 PM  
 
2013-10-02 10:15:19 PM  

DoctorCal: I hope he enjoys his cell.


colinspooky: I like current humour


Ohm my god, more jokes? Keep your ion the ball.
 
2013-10-02 10:21:33 PM  

ImpendingCynic: DoctorCal: I hope he enjoys his cell.

colinspooky: I like current humour

Ohm my god, more jokes? Keep your ion the ball.


I knew you didn't have the capacity to put up any resistance.
 
2013-10-02 10:40:07 PM  

YoOjo: facisto: "That's one of my least favorite things, happens to be sarcasm. I was watching the gob, right? And this bloke he comes up to me and he says, 'Nice day, isn't it?' BUT IT WASN'T! It wasn't a nice day! It was a little bit cloudy. Which makes him very sarcastic! So acting as if nothing could happen right, I got his head, right? I stuck it in me mouth, right, acting dead casual, I closed me teeth AND I BIT HIS HEAD OFF. 'Cause I hate people being sarcastic."

[i1.ytimg.com image 480x360]


Great reference
Nicely done
 
2013-10-02 10:40:30 PM  
Radio Shack in my area has about 20 pull-out shelves with various small components. That being said, most of the stuff there is overpriced.
 
2013-10-02 10:48:01 PM  
did he have his free battery card punched as well?
 
2013-10-02 10:54:08 PM  
Was he being sarcastic or just "ironic?" Or maybe "sarcastic?"

Yes there's a difference. One your mom wouldn't know.

"How about 'gag me with a spoon?' Does that work for you?"
 
2013-10-02 11:05:48 PM  

bearded clamorer: YoOjo: facisto: "That's one of my least favorite things, happens to be sarcasm. I was watching the gob, right? And this bloke he comes up to me and he says, 'Nice day, isn't it?' BUT IT WASN'T! It wasn't a nice day! It was a little bit cloudy. Which makes him very sarcastic! So acting as if nothing could happen right, I got his head, right? I stuck it in me mouth, right, acting dead casual, I closed me teeth AND I BIT HIS HEAD OFF. 'Cause I hate people being sarcastic."

[i1.ytimg.com image 480x360]

Great reference
Nicely done


www.bbc.co.uk

You made me a TFer!!!Blimey, thank you!

 
2013-10-02 11:08:10 PM  

YoOjo: bearded clamorer: YoOjo: facisto: "That's one of my least favorite things, happens to be sarcasm. I was watching the gob, right? And this bloke he comes up to me and he says, 'Nice day, isn't it?' BUT IT WASN'T! It wasn't a nice day! It was a little bit cloudy. Which makes him very sarcastic! So acting as if nothing could happen right, I got his head, right? I stuck it in me mouth, right, acting dead casual, I closed me teeth AND I BIT HIS HEAD OFF. 'Cause I hate people being sarcastic."

[i1.ytimg.com image 480x360]

Great reference
Nicely done

[www.bbc.co.uk image 396x222]You made me a TFer!!!Blimey, thank you!


You're welcome

Enjoy!
 
2013-10-02 11:22:53 PM  
I miss the old Radio Shack, everything an electronics hobbyist could ever need. Nobody fixes things anymore, what a shame.
 
2013-10-02 11:39:41 PM  

ReapTheChaos: I miss the old Radio Shack, everything an electronics hobbyist could ever need. Nobody fixes things anymore, what a shame.


There is still Amazon.  My son has been buying stuff from them after he learned how to solder electronics, and Amazon is cheaper.

/nothing fancy, he likes playing with LED's.
 
2013-10-03 12:01:45 AM  
Bravo, Subby!
 
2013-10-03 12:05:51 AM  

ReapTheChaos: I miss the old Radio Shack, everything an electronics hobbyist could ever need. Nobody fixes things anymore, what a shame.


My parents owned a Radio Shack franchise in the early to mid 80's.  The retail side of the store made about enough to about break even.  The rest of the income came from my dad doing repairs in the back, CB and mobile radio installs in the parking lot, and doing field service work installing high-gain TV antennas and C-band BUDs.

As far as repairs go, it is damn impossible to do them these days.  Nobody publishes service manuals or schematics any more, so you just have to bumble your way through the equipment on experience alone.  The only was I was able to successfully repair my big LCD TV a few years ago is because the problem was in the power supply and was pretty obvious.  If it has been a problem on the controller board, I'd have been either been seriously boned or spent weeks chasing my tail.

/Samsung TV with faulty capacitors.  Missed the class action settlement by *that* much.
 
2013-10-03 01:49:49 AM  
OK, I worked at The Shack part-time when I was in college. That place attracts every loony who has first gone to every other store in the area for some gadget or technical help but couldn't find it. Radio Shack is their last resort, they are pissed, clueless, and they have convinced themselves that it's your fault they could not find help elsewhere. And yes, customers would actually make fun of you to your face for working there.

Before the interwebs, the only way to fully understand the stupidity of the general public was to work at a Radio Shack. Something about that place brings out the worst in people.

On the other hand, the super nerdy customers were great.
 
2013-10-03 01:51:43 AM  
Anyone else read "holding a bloody paper towel to his left eye."  in a British accent or am I the only one?
 
2013-10-03 04:46:52 AM  
Does anyone remember when Radioshack had cool stuff? Like Computers you built yourself?
 
2013-10-03 05:40:48 AM  

hardinparamedic: Does anyone remember when Radioshack had cool stuff? Like Computers you built yourself?


That was over 20 years ago. They had .156 edge cards for the VIC-20's expansion port, they sold the SPO256 speech synthesizer chip, they had plastic fiber optic kits, PCBs and etchant and those fun dry-transfer sheets.

Now you can buy things that blow that all away for dollars on eBay or Hobby King.

People can do more for less now and all that stuff we used to do was boring nonsense.
 
2013-10-03 07:56:32 AM  

Quantum Apostrophe: [www.radioshackcatalogs.com image 220x92]

You didn't let me down.

 
2013-10-03 09:03:38 AM  

jst3p: We were required to pass tests to be on the sales floor, including tests on all the electronic parts. Speaking for myself, I knew what you wanted, I wanted to get paid.


When I worked there (only a few months in college) the attitude MY manager had was: "If they are looking for something in there,(that electronics cabinet) they know what they need. Don't waste your time learning or caring about that bullcrap. (he meant 15 cent capacitors, etc) Figure out ways to sell more batteries, phones, and laptops."
 
2013-10-03 09:06:21 AM  
If you work for any corporate retail establishment these days, you are required (while being secretly watched/monitored) to recite these canned sales pitches to the customer, each time, every time. I assure you, the employee doesn't want to spout off some drivel about a promotion any more than you don't want to hear it.

I don't agree with hitting the guy, but I can't say I blame him either.

Maybe if you're a customer, just smile and say no thanks, then ask for what you'd like? Most of these individuals are making less than 10 bucks an hour, they don't need your smart ass comments making their lives shiattier.



Really?!?
.
"Won't somebody think of the poor clerks!!!"
 
2013-10-03 11:18:06 AM  

doubled99: If you work for any corporate retail establishment these days, you are required (while being secretly watched/monitored) to recite these canned sales pitches to the customer, each time, every time. I assure you, the employee doesn't want to spout off some drivel about a promotion any more than you don't want to hear it.

I don't agree with hitting the guy, but I can't say I blame him either.

Maybe if you're a customer, just smile and say no thanks, then ask for what you'd like? Most of these individuals are making less than 10 bucks an hour, they don't need your smart ass comments making their lives shiattier.


Really?!?
.
"Won't somebody think of the poor clerks!!!"


Yes really, just because someone is there to "serve" you doesn't mean you can treat them like shiat.
 
2013-10-03 11:42:09 AM  

quizzical: I used to work for Radio Shack. So I am really getting a kick out of most of these replies. Some of you guys are very good at making it sound like you know what you are talking about. But trust me.... You don't.


Neither does anyone working for Radio Shack.  What's your point?
 
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